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SAP XI/PI vs IBM Websphere

Hi there,

Is there any real benefit to using SAP XI/PI over using something like IBM Websphere for your middleware solutions? Both appear to do the same, with the exception that Websphere has more adapters than XI/PI.

Even for SAP to SAP integration can this not be done effectively with Websphere?

I see a lot of articles about interoperability between XI/PI and Websphere, but I don't see much about using Websphere itself solely as your integration platform instead of XI/PI.

Any information from you guys here would be appreciated!



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    Sep 19, 2007 at 02:59 PM


    This will help you

    Some advantages of SAP XI

    • Easy Integration with SAP products & components (RFC, IDOC, Proxy).

    • Data security as expected from any SAP product.

    • Standards based - XML, XSD, Xpath etc

    • Ability to communicate with other messaging systems/products.

    • Business Process Management

    • Synchronous & Asynchronous communication possible.

    • Complex processes for communication possible instead of only sending and receiving (business process management) (connect e.g. asynchronous and synchronous steps, define complex communication scenarios)

    • Mapping etc possible to accomplish in Java. Platform independent Java components.

    • Java & .Net support.

    • Big range of adapters for different technologies / tools (SOAP, Mail, JDBC, CDIX...)available in standard or offered by other companies (EDI e.g. by Seeburger).

    • Process functionalities inside XI to modify content in the communication channel on own defined rules fpr business purposes.

    • Central monitoring for data communication for all your communication between different systems.

    • And the marketing issue: SAP and its partners provide high volume of development capabilities to make XI always up-to-date for new requirements


    Agasthuri Doss

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      Hi Ronald,

      when we rolled out XI in 2008 it replaced our Websphere MQ installation (version 6.* iirc).

      Granted, we didn't have many MQ projects implemented at that time, however IT staff

      back than found MQ lacking in terms of reliability and visibility but tbh in my view that

      was more likely due to lack of training rather than inherent shortcomings of the platform.

      XI is ok to work with if you use it for software logistics, i.e. data distribution, moving

      around files, IDocs etc however if you do a lot of mapping/data conversion, and

      you already have a number of projects running under MQ I recommend you stay

      away from XI. In my view the mapping tools are poor (especially the graphical

      mapping). Its ironic coming from SAP you'd expect XI to excel in working with IDocs

      but that couldn't be further from the truth. Context management is a major PITA and

      missing child/parent node information borders on insanity (what were they thinking??).

      My assesment is based on version 7.0 so some of the shortcomings may have been

      remedied in later versions, ymmv.

      Good luck & br